Make your own pine cone bird feeder at home. These adorable bird feeders only take a few minutes to make, and they will provide much-needed food for wild birds.
We strategically hung our birdfeeders near our DIY birdhouses so that the nesting birds could easily find food.
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How to Make Pine Cone Bird Feeders
Natural food sources are more scarce for wildlife during the winter months; therefore, I like to hang up extra bird feeders.
Making bird feeders using pine cones from my yard is fun and budget-friendly.
Pine Cone Peanut Bird Feeder Supplies
You probably have all the supplies for making pine cone bird feeders on hand.
- Pine cones (gathered or purchased)
- Peanut butter
- Popsicle stick or butter knife
- Paper plates
- Parchment paper
- Ribbon (optional)
- I recommend you watch my how-to video before you begin
If you are like me and have pine trees in your yard, you can gather pine cones from your yard.
I inspect my pinecones, and if they have caked-on solid, rinse them, then allow them to dry in the sun.
The perfectly formed pinecones I save for crafting, such as DIY pine cone trees.
First Step: Attaching the String
I recommend attaching your hanger string or twine before adding the peanut butter.
You can attach the hanger string to either end of the pine cone.
Since I wanted all my bird feeders to be the same length, I cut my string longer than I needed it so that I could trim them to the same size.
I cut my hanger string (twine) 12 inches long.
Next, I wrapped the twine around the pinecone two times.
Then, I knoted the ends and trimmed the extra twine.
Second Step: Apply Peanut Butter
I started applying the peanut butter at the top of the pinecone then I worked my way up. I do not spread the peanut butter above the area where I attached the hanger string so that my hands stay clean and the hanger string is free of peanut butter.
The leftover peanut butter will be used to make buckeye balls for my human helpers.
Note: You can use lard instead of peanut butter if you have a peanut butter allergy.
Step Three: Birdseed
Holding the hanger string at the top of the pine cone, I kept the pinecone angled over a paper plate. Then, I sprinkled on the birdseed while turning the pine cone. The wild bird seed mix I used had large bits and sunflower seeds.
In a second paper plate, I placed a thin layer of birdseed to roll the pinecone over the seed to apply extra seeds.
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I used my hands to press sunflower seeds into the peanut butter.
I tied red and white check ribbon bows over the twine knots to add a festive vibe to my birdfeeders. Then placed the finished pinecones on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.
Step Four: Hang the Pine Cone Bird Treats
Now I am ready to hang the pine cone treats.
I place the top of the twine hanger over the tree branches to hang the pinecones.
I hope our backyard birds enjoy their new treats.
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